Civil War

The Schreiner University Department of History is honoring the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with a series of short vignettes, focusing on events from 1861 through 1865.  The Civil War was the most destructive conflict in American history, but it was also one of our most defining moments as a people and as a nation.

Dolen Perkins-Valdez wants to change readers' perspective on the Civil War. Her best-selling debut novel, Wench, explored the lives of slave women — not on Southern plantations, but in a resort for slaveowners' mistresses in Ohio. Her new book, Balm, is set in the postwar period, and it's also in an unexpected place: Chicago.

This Week in the Civil War - #1107

Jun 5, 2015

  Four individuals—Samuel Arnold, Michael O’Laughlen, Edman Spangler, and Samuel Mudd-- did not receive the death penalty for conspiracy in Lincoln’s death.  They earned prison sentences.  O’Laughlen died of yellow fever at Fort Jefferson in 1867, the same outbreak which earned Dr. Mudd his presidential pardon.

This Week in the Civil War - #1106

Jun 4, 2015


This Week in the Civil War - #1105

Jun 3, 2015

  Wilmer McLean, the Virginia wholesale grocery of whom it can be proclaimed that the Civil War “began in his front yard and ended in his front parlor” found little success after the war.  Although he had made a considerable wartime fortune smuggling sugar, McLean's money was in Confederate currency which became worthless at the end of the war.  Unable to maintain the mortgage on his Appomattox home, McLean returned to Manassas and later moved to Alexandria, Virginia where he worked at a series of jobs until his death in 1882.  The McLean home at Appomattox fell into disrepair until its pur

This Week in the Civil War - #1104

Jun 2, 2015

  Union general Joshua Chamberlain, the Maine college professor whose gallantry at Gettysburg earned the Congressional Medal of Honor, resigned from the postwar military and was elected as Maine’s governor to four, one year terms.  In 1871, he was appointed president of Bowdoin College and remained there until 1883, when he was forced to resign because of ill health.  He later practiced law in New York City and engaged in numerous business activities.  In 1898, he volunteered as an officer in the Spanish-American War but was rejected due to his advanced age.  In 1905, he became a founding m